Putting Google to the Test in Translation An article posted in the March 9, 2010 issue of the New York Times compares how well Google Translate, Yahoo Babel Fish and Microsoft Bing Translator compare against the skills of a human translator. Google has poured resources into improving its automatic translation service. Some of these systems […]

Nominations Now Open: The 2011 UBC Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award

UBC Library is once again seeking nominations for its annual Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Established in 2010, this award honours those whose creative use of new tools and technologies enhance the ways that research is disseminated.

All UBC faculty, staff and students are eligible. The recipient will be announced at the Celebrate Research Week Gala event in March 2011. Nominations will be accepted from November 15 to December 7, 2010.  All award applicants/nominees are encouraged to deposit their materials in cIRcle, if possible.

You can find out more information on the nomination process and the award program here.

Above excerpt in italics is courtesy of the UBC Library News blog – http://blogs.ubc.ca/librarynews/2010/11/18/2011-innovative-dissemination-of-research-award/

A great new open access resource provides access to all the World Development Reports since 1978.  Users can set up an individual account for bookmarking reports, saving chapters, and making notes, etc.  The press release below provides further information:

“A new online, open access, collection of all World Development Reports since 1978 was launched today by the World Bank. The Complete World Development Report Online, which allows users to easily access and search across these World Bank annual flagship publications, is free and open to the public and may be accessed at

http://wdronline.worldbank.org

For over thirty years, the annual WDR has provided a window on development economics to a broad international readership. The report has served as one of the principal vehicles for encapsulating the World Bank’s knowledge of and policy recommendations on key global development trends. From agriculture and the environment to economic growth and international trade, the WDR has tracked theoretical and empirical findings as well as policies in the field of international development.

The robust search engine of The Complete World Development Report Online optimizes search both across and within all WDRs with the click of a button. In addition, the background papers upon which the most recent reports were drawn are also available.

A free optional individual user account allows users to take advantage of tools such as bookmarking and saving selected chapters or reports, saving searches, and taking notes. A custom eBook feature lets users select chapters from multiple reports for future reference, sharing with colleagues, or creating course packets. The custom eBooks may also be downloaded, printed, or easily shared through social networking sites. In addition, the site features quick links to World Bank open databases, RSS feeds, new content alerts, and COUNTER-compliant usage statistics for librarians. “

A great new open access resource will allow users to access all World Development Reports since 1978.  You can read the press release below:

“A new online, open access, collection of all World Development Reports since 1978 was launched today by the World Bank. The Complete World Development Report Online, which allows users to easily access and search across these World Bank annual flagship publications, is free and open to the public and may be accessed at http://wdronline.worldbank.org

For over thirty years, the annual WDR has provided a window on development economics to a broad international readership. The report has served as one of the principal vehicles for encapsulating the World Bank’s knowledge of and policy recommendations on key global development trends. From agriculture and the environment to economic growth and international trade, the WDR has tracked theoretical and empirical findings as well as policies in the field of international development.

The robust search engine of The Complete World Development Report Online optimizes search both across and within all WDRs with the click of a button. In addition, the background papers upon which the most recent reports were drawn are also available.

A free optional individual user account allows users to take advantage of tools such as bookmarking and saving selected chapters or reports, saving searches, and taking notes. A custom eBook feature lets users select chapters from multiple reports for future reference, sharing with colleagues, or creating course packets. The custom eBooks may also be downloaded, printed, or easily shared through social networking sites. In addition, the site features quick links to World Bank open databases, RSS feeds, new content alerts, and COUNTER-compliant usage statistics for librarians.

“We are pleased to offer the custom eBook tool in The Complete World Development Report Online,“ said Carlos Rossel, Publisher of the World Bank. “We hope that by offering this new, free resource with added features, we will facilitate research and help our users more easily collect, save, and share the World Bank knowledge captured in the collection of World Development Reports.”

A bonus title, Shahid Yusuf’s Development Economics through the Decades: A Critical Look at 30 Years of the World Development Report, is also included. “The World Development Report provides a unique perspective on the evolution of thinking, policy making, and practice in the field of development. Now for the first time, those interested in development have a convenient way to access all the WDRs at the same time, in the same place, to compare how key areas in development have changed over the years,” said Yusuf.”

Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive, has launched two online exhibitions:
Reading Europe which showcases the full texts of 1,000 of Europeana’s most fascinating books, from medieval cookbooks to 18th century English bestsellers.
Reshaping Art Nouveau includes a remarkable collection of Art Nouveau  images of everything from domestic furnishings and decorative art to architecture and advertising.

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